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AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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AF signs Total-Force Aircrew Management charter

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior Air Force leaders signed a Total Force Aircrew Management charter Sept. 18, during the Aircrew Summit at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III , Director of Air National Guard Lt. Gen. Stanley E….

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Fuels Management team finds a new home

The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new Fuels Management facility and Type III Fuels Hydrant System facility at D-M, Sept. 17. The new facilities are equipped with updated fuel systems to increase fuels management productivity. “Our main mission is to provide clean and dry fuel…

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AF Marathon attracts record-breaking crowds

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In yet another record sellout year, approximately 15,000 runners took to the streets Sept. 20, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to participate in the U.S. Air Force Marathon, celebrating the Air Force’s 67th birthday. The number of runners exceeded last year’s count by more than 3,000. Gen….

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VA develops mobile app “Concussion Coach”

To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application (“app”) that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. The Concussion Coach…


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VA removes annual income reporting requirement

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. “Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes our health care benefits…

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Keeping Heritage Park looking good

Posted  May 1, 2014

If you visit Heritage Park in the next few weeks, you may see a missing display and one covered in tarps. This is because two static displays at Heritage Park will be undergoing maintenance and refurbishing during the next three weeks. All of the displays in Heritage Park recently underwent an inspection. Two aircraft, an…

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Airman catches, gives back milestone HR to famed MLB slugger

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Even before Staff Sgt. Thomas Sherrill took his seat April 22 at Nationals Park here, he said he fantasized about what he would do if he somehow caught the milestone home-run ball off the bat of major-league slugger Albert Pujols. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman began the game against the…

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48th RQS Rescue Training at the Titan Missile Museum

Posted  May 1, 2014

The 48th Rescue Squadron utilized the unique layout of the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley to conduct high angle and confined space rescue training April 17.  A pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron guards an area of the Titan Missile Museum during a simulated rescue exercise. The 48th RQS conducted the rescue training in…

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Hagel orders services to review grooming standards

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he is ordering the military services to review grooming standards, particularly those for African-American women. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel directed the deputy secretary of defense to work with the service secretaries and the military chiefs…

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Five Davis-Monthan Airmen LEAD to USAFA

Posted  May 8, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., will welcome five members of the Desert Lightning Team into the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program. Senior Airman Thomas R. Nguyen and Airman 1st Class Torrence R. Rees, both from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, will enter directly into the academy through LEAD program. Airman 1st Class…

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A chance for me to say thank you

Posted  May 8, 2014

Did you know April was Month of the Military Child? I’ll be honest; it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn’t notice. It’s easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us – a lot of times I think these…

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World

Guardian Angels from the 563rd RQG in rescue mission

Posted  May 8, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group (RQG) responded to a Rescue Mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02, 2014. While preparing for the world’s largest Combat Search and Rescue Exercise, ANGEL…

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355th Fighter Group Association reunites at D-M

Posted  May 8, 2014

The 355th Fighter Group Association Reunion was held here May 1-5. The 355th FGA consists of any member assigned to the 355th Fighter Group or Wing from 1942 to present. Members of the group began the reunion by experiencing a flight in the A-10 Thunderbolt simulator at the 355th Operations Group Thursday. U.S. Air Force…

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From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted  May 8, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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